Oldest place in Bangalore

Today morning I was reading something about heritage structures of South East Asia. This prompted me to think which is the oldest structure in Bangalore. Since morning, I have been researching several pages on internet and finally have come to the conclusion that the oldest structure in Bangalore has to be the Begur Nageshwara Temple. There is an in-depth article about the temple here. Make sure you read it. It is one of the revered Shaiva temples in Karnataka. I have not visited this temple yet, but plan to visit it soon enough.


Begur Nageshwara Temple. Image Source: Shaivam.org

There is a cave temple, called “Ramalingeshwara Temple”, located off Bannerghatta Road that claims to be over 2000 years old. But I am not considering it as it is not a man-made structure.

Some days ago, Prabhu and me were discussing the location of a lake that is said to have been constructed by Kempe Gowda. The Kempambudhi Tank. It is actually located right inside the city close to the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple (which is another ancient temple). Many places in Bangalore are pretty old but there is much less information available about them.

What according to you is the oldest structure in Bangalore? If you have any more information, please share.

PS: I will be posting another article on older structures of Bangalore and where you can find them. Until then…

BTW, looks like this is the 50th post! What a better way other than celebrating our city’s heritage!

1 Comment so far

  1. Priyatam (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    I have some property near begur village and I’ve visited this place, taken some snaps from my mobile back on April 2005.

    It was such a beautiful place, sad to see it left to nothing but pity at the end of the day.

    Here they are
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/priyatam/tags/begur/

    What’s surpising is they seem to have sanctioned a 5 lakh project to renovate this in 2002 but from the looks of it, there is not even a priest inside!

    Can anybody help pass on these pics to the right authorities and bring in some hope for Indian Heritage Sites and Indian Tourism?

    I bet if this was in a European country, it would have Govt would have funded it for a Tourist attraction.



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